Black Peter, Hard To Handle, Cumberland Blues, Mama Tried-> Easy Wind, Dancin' In The Streets, Good Lovin'-> Drums-> Good Lovin', China Cat Sunflower-> I Know You Rider-> Saint Stephen-> The Eleven-> Turn On Your Love Light
The was a C/C- very degraded SBD tape that had almost no high end and a few flaws. The challenge was to bring up the top end without increasing the significant hiss above acceptable levels. This required several continuous noise filters both before and after equalization to bring up the lacking areas. This turned out pretty successful. Several spots of static in Black Peter could not be totally eliminated but were reduced. The cut at the end of Dancin' was cleaned up. Several seconds of diginoise in Love Light was completely cleaned up. All editing done with DCArt Millennium software.
SBD > MC > DAT > CDR > EAC > DCart Millennium > CDR
June 2, 2018 Subject:
The 1st Grateful Dead show after ALTAMONT!
You can hear the vibes of dealing with the stabbing death of Meredith Hunter by Hells Angels the night before at what became a nightmarish concert-scape at ALTAMONT, which was the culmination of cheap wine, clearly-not-so-kind buds, LSD, STP, booze, and a shit-ton of amphetamines. If you have any interest in the event and get a chance, read the Joel Selvin Altamont book definitely recommend it. And of course the Gimme Shelter film, and EVERY Grateful Dead book for that matter.
This performance oozes of the awareness of the after effects of that history altering day, what historians claim as the the “day the 60s died” but us ‘Heads know that the 60s were ALWAYS ‘Dead. And this night on 1969 shows us that. The Grateful Dead were the only band to opt out of playing at Altamont, probably for the best, I don’t think even they could have changed the tides that day. It was written in the stars.
This performance feels like the sonic response to that debacle. It’s a piece of history, as others mentioned it sounds as though the boys had been up all night and were talking about how weird the whole trip was. From the set list selection to the sound aesthetic. Sludgy groovy lysergic spacey melancholy and the temporary sadness of the cymbal crash that signified the proverbial end of the 60s.
Dig the show, buy the ticket, experience the history.
May 6, 2015 Subject:
Excellent performances, despite what could have been a pretty bad week.
February 6, 2009 Subject:
The GRATEFUL DEAD " Live on stage" December 7, 1969 at the Fillmore West, San Francisco California, U.S.A.
I recommend using your EQ with this show.
The day after The Altamont Speedway Free Festival December 6, 1969.
A very trippy show.
Whether or not the events from the night before made any difference on the performance of this show is debatable.
Something is different.
Some of the music waxes and wanes in and out of consciousness like a person that's stayed up all night and all day.
Exotic renditions of standards by the GRATEFUL DEAD.
Pigpen ends the show with a 28 minute version of his signature song "Turn On Your Lovelight".
A classic 1969 GRATEFUL DEAD Show. Add it to your collection.
Eat, Drink, Be Merry and Listen to the GRATEUFL DEAD.
Thanks for the Love.
Reviewer:lemon lime partridge
April 17, 2008 Subject:
i guess they always will...
hey man, this is really a groovy show...don't let reports of lousy sound quality scare you off.
first of all, the sound is quite good...yeah, it's not as bright as a kelly clarkson CD but it's highly listenable.
the other cool thing about this show is that it's the day after altamont. it's not the greatest show if you're looking for a happy trip...it's a bit of a downer and the weird sense of loss and confusion is wrapped around every note played on this night.
then again, if you dig the historical significance of all that, it's fascinating.
the tone gets set right away with a seriously sorrowful "black peter". after that even pigpen can't really cheer us up with a "hard to handle" just doesn't exude the jubilation typical of that number...they try to get going, but there's bummer in the air, man. things seem to start getting fun around "cumberland blues" & "mama tried" but then "easy wind" still sounds like a come-down. the "all you need is music, sweet music" line of "dancing in the streets" sounds like it's echoing awkwardly through the garbage strewn and caution-taped speedway of yesterday's malaise. "china cat" gets up to a good point and "i know you rider" is fun with well-done harmonies. "st. stephen" through "the eleven" is as good as any in 69 and "lovelight" goes out with a bang and the crowd is having a good time. maybe everyone has just accepted that yesterday things got out of hand - and they always will.
this is a fascinating scene because the summer of love era is sloppy dead at this point (on this very day, perhaps) and we're on the cusp of the era when the grateful dead stop smashing into the transitive nightfall of diamonds and instead start making themselves a bed down by the waterside.
without a doubt this is a very heavy show if you should so choose to over-analyze it...even if you don't the playing is excellent 69 quality and the sound is fine so be sure to listen.
June 5, 2007 Subject:
China Cat through Lovelight was pretty hot.
May 11, 2004 Subject:
Good playing/weak sound
This download is only slightly better than the cassette source tape thats been floating around trading circles for several years. This is less hissy but still too muddy for most to handle. Too bad because the overall playing is quite inspiring in places. Worth a listen but you probably won't put this in your CD player very often.